Off Broadway: Neil LaBute's The Money Shot at the Lucille Lortel Theater

October 2, 2014 1:53 PM

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A Neil LaBute play is a genre unto itself, as illustrated by his new one, The Money Shot, an MCC production now deploying expletives at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Needless to say, the title relates to the range and depth of a particular sexual act, as La Bute one ups the tradition forged by God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's play: a two-couples-in-a-sitting room template that also featured projectile vomit.

In this case, the setting is a swank home nestled in the Hollywood Hills, and the couples, movie stars more into branding than art, compete for bragging rights. The hosts, Karen (Elizabeth Reaser) and Bev (Callie Thorne), an erudite amateur wrestler, vie with their guests, Steve (Fred Weller) and Mi...

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